WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Navy released a new electronic form for completing the Statement of Understanding (SOU) needed to submit Post-9/11 GI Bill Transfer of Education Benefits (TEB) requests, and a new policy allowing Purple Heart recipients to transfer education benefits, in NAVADMIN 236/18, Sept. 24.
Starting Oct. 1, Sailors will be able to complete the required SOU online via My Navy Portal, or the My Education web site at https://myeducation.netc.navy.mil/webta/home, instead of the paper “page 13” that must be processed before submitting an initial TEB request.
Sailors should verify their current email information to ensure prompt feedback on TEB applications. After completing the SOU, Sailors will receive a link to the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) milConnect portal where they can complete the application.
Sailors who are unable to complete the SOU or TEB application online may contact the Navy Personnel Command GI Bill Office (PERS-311) to request assistance with their application.
The new process does not impact Sailors who already have an approved TEB request in milConnect, or the process for adding a dependent or modifying benefits allocated to dependents on approved TEB requests.
The NAVADMIN also announced that Purple Heart recipients are immediately eligible to transfer their unused education benefits to their dependents, without the requirement for six years of service and agreement to serve four additional years. Purple Heart recipients are also eligible if their total military service exceeds 16 years.
All other Sailors requesting transfer of education benefits must have served at least six years and have at least four years remaining on their service commitment, as outlined in NAVADMIN 170/18.
Effective July 12, 2019, any Sailor who has more than 16 years of total service will no longer be eligible to transfer education benefits to their dependents, unless they are a Purple Heart recipient. Take action now to avoid losing this opportunity!
All Sailors who are or will be eligible to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits should discuss their options with their command career counselor.
To contact the NPC GI Bill office, visit https://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/career/education/gibill/pages/default.aspx
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The quick summary is:
- Effective July 12, 2019, service members desiring to transfer their Post 9/11 GI Bill benefit to a spouse or children will need to do so no later than their 16th year of service.
- Effective immediately, any sailors and naval officers who can’t serve four additional years is ineligible to transfer the benefit. This affects Navy personnel ineligible due to their time in grade as well as those with an impending medical retirement.
- Regardless of where you are in your career, if you are considering transferring the benefit to one or more of your dependents, it’s best to do so now, before the new rule takes effect.
Here’s another good article from U.S. News that summarizes the changes in the new Forever GI Bill:
Here’s a link to the article on the new GI bill changes just signed into law:
Here is an article from the Military Officers Association of America that details some upcoming cuts to the housing benefit association with GI Bill transfers. Bottom line…if you want to do a transfer, you should do it now. Here is the GI Bill website that tells you about transfer. Here is the OPNAV instruction as well.